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The 5 E’s learning cycle- Elaboration Phase

Posted By shannonwalz
March 11, 2015

The 5 E’s learning cycle- Elaboration Phase

For the month of March we are diving deeper into the “elaboration” or “extend” phase of the learning cycle. Last month we looked at “explain,” once a learner can explain or put language to their experiences and exploration, it is time to build upon that knowledge in the elaboration step. Here learners apply concepts from the lesson to different contexts and preform activities that deepen their understanding and skill within those concepts. 

What is the importance of the elaboration phase in learning something new? What is the role of the instructor in this phase? Mentor Naturalist, Danielle Hefferan, explores these questions and discusses “elaboration” in context with our North Woods Mammals class on WTIP’s “On the Nature of Teaching” feature. Listen, and please share your thoughts, comments, experiences, and questions here. 

Wolf Ridge partners with the North Shore Radio in Grand Marais (WTIP) in this monthly feature. This radio broadcast was the 5th of a 6 part series on the learning cycle.  “On the Nature of Learning” focuses on how experiences like Wolf Ridge support authentic learning for students.